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Kellogg ‘disappointed’ but working on Memphis ruling

By Kacey Culliney+

01-Aug-2014

Kellogg will comply with the ruling to end its Memphis lockout, but maintains its proposals were entirely lawful and appropriate for local negotiations
Kellogg will comply with the ruling to end its Memphis lockout, but maintains its proposals were entirely lawful and appropriate for local negotiations

Kellogg is ‘thoroughly reviewing’ the US ruling to end its Memphis lockout; working on return dates for employees, but remains disappointed by the outcome.

On July 30, a US district judge found Kellogg guilty of unfair labor practice and granted an injunction to force an end to its nine month-long lockout.

The cereal giant has been ordered to reinstate 200+ locked-out workers to their former positions or equivalent posts within five days.

Speaking to BakeryandSnacks.com about the ruling, Kellogg’s vice president of communications Kris Charles said the company is thoroughly reviewing the ruling.

“We look forward to our employees returning to work, but we are disappointed that we have been unable to reach an agreement with the union, and that the underlying litigation will continue," she said.

She said Kellogg was working on quickly determining dates to get employees back to work “in full compliance with the order”.

However, she added that Kellogg continued to believe its proposals were “entirely lawful and appropriate for local negotiations”.

In a new turn, the Bakery, Confectionery, Tobacco Workers and Grain Millers (BCTGM) union has filed a racial discrimination claim against Kellogg over the lockout, stating it believed the move was racially motivated.

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